Retired teachers honored by board

RECOGNIZING RETIRED TEACHERS–At their Aug. 23 meeting, the Randolph County Commissioners signed a proclamation declaring Sept. 1 as Randolph County Retired Teachers’ Day. Pictured at the signing are: seated: Commissioners Ronnie White, David Holder and Marc Kiehna; standing: retired teachers Emily Lyons, Emilie Roehrkasse, Anna Gross, Judy Gerlach, Steve Gerlach, Kathy Franklin, Melanie Green, Janel Kassing and Brenda Wehrheim.

As they do each year at this time, the Randolph County Commissioners took a moment at their Aug. 23 meeting to recognize retired teachers and their impact on the local community.

In approving the annual proclamation that declares Sept. 1 as Randolph County Retired Teachers’ Day, it was noted that 42 members of the Randolph County Retired Teachers Association (RCRTA) gave 16,534 hours of voluntary service in the 2018-2019 school year.

In addition, RCRTA President Kathy Franklin noted that the group has done other things for the community. As a group they donated $100 to each public school building or homeless liaison to help with that school’s backpack/food/snack program. They have also collected school supplies and food for the local food pantries.

Commissioner Marc Kiehna, a retired teacher himself, thanked the teachers for all they do. He also pointed out that a member of the retired teachers group, Harry Jackson, had passed away recently. “He was a valued member of the group.”

For more from the Board of Commissioners, please see this week’s print edition.